Worrying signs that Sehwag not 'upto speed'

Published: Saturday, August 6, 2011, 10:05 [IST]
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Worrying signs Sehwag not 'upto speed'

Northampton, August 6: With India pinning its hopes on the return of Virender Sehwag and his trusted 'side-kick' in Gautam Gambhir at the top of the order, the signs coming out of Northampton on Friday morning were not very promising. Sehwag's patented belligerence and Gambhir's role in playing solid second fiddle maybe what his duo is famous for...

...but they were just a vapour of their usual selves on the opening morning of the two-day game against the county-side. Sehwag who is known for his explosive exploits against spin was accorded no such welcome to the crease. Instead, he was subjected to a hostile spell of fast bowling, which it was clear he was struggling against.

In his 25-ball vigil, he was able to knock off just 8 runs, including one four. His woes on a seamer-friendly wicket surfaced plain and clear for all to see. Then local seamer Dave Burton sounded the death knell for Sehwag's all-too-well-known technically-flawed innings. The speedster beat him for pace, trapping him plumb in front.

Gone were the hopes of a meaty opening stand as Sehwag and Gambhir had been pulled asunder for a dismal 15 runs in just 7 overs. A short while later, Gambhir's vulnerability to pace was also exposed when David Willey got him out ,lbw as well. The batsman's 55-ball 18 reeked of diffidence and a worrying unfamiliarity to the seaming conditions.

Now with just 4 days to go for India's crucial third Test against England, India's '[reinforcements' are burdened with the task of shrugging off their rustiness and shining again...

Oneindia Cricket

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